Generosity

Generosity takes many forms -- donating to charity, volunteering time -- but it's also an attitude and an outlook on life. Stories of children and adults showing kindness and generosity, particularly in tough situations, can help your child do the same.

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Books

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
A classic story for all ages about a tree who shows her unrelenting love through the selflessness and generosity she displays to a little boy as he grows up.

An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco
During the Great Depression, Frankie gives a homeless man his favorite sweater and inspires his own family to return the act of generosity.

The Pigman by Paul Zindel
After teenagers Lorraine and John play a prank on their neighbor, Mr. Pignati, he offers them the generosity and attention the teens don't feel they get at home. 

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Movies

Nanny McPhee (PG)
Initially seen as offensive and unlikeable, a nanny who comes to care for the seven Brown children shows them her caring and kindness, and improves their lives.

Holes (PG)
A wrongly accused boy who is sentenced to a work camp demonstrates kindness and compassion to the other inmates.

Pay It Forward (PG-13)
For mature viewers, this is a story about a young boy who makes it his mission to promote proactively helping others.

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